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Timber contractor fined after joiner's roof fall

18 May 2018 | By Neil Gerrard

A construction company has been fined more than £9,000 after a self-employed joiner working on one of its sites fell 3.6m through a roof and suffered life-changing injuries.

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A construction company has been fined more than £9,000 after a self-employed joiner working on one of its sites fell 3.6m through a roof and suffered life-changing injuries.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, the worker was on site at Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, when he fell approximately 3.6 metres onto a pile of timber cut-offs. 
He sustained multiple fractures to his ribs and to his spine.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that although the company had a risk assessment in place, there were no sufficient measures in place to prevent falls through a void in the roof of the building.
Fleming Buildings of Auchinloch Road, Lenzie, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. 
The company was fined £9,335.
HSE inspector Graham Mitchell said: "Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. This incident might have been prevented if suitable and sufficient measures had been in place such as a crash desk or safety net.
"Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the standards required."A construction company has been fined more than £9,000 after a self-employed joiner working on one of its sites fell 3.6m through a roof and suffered life-changing injuries.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, the worker was on site at Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, when he fell approximately 3.6 metres onto a pile of timber cut-offs. 

He sustained multiple fractures to his ribs and to his spine.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that although the company had a risk assessment in place, there were no sufficient measures in place to prevent falls through a void in the roof of the building.

Fleming Buildings of Auchinloch Road, Lenzie, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. 

The company was fined £9,335.

HSE inspector Graham Mitchell said: "Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. This incident might have been prevented if suitable and sufficient measures had been in place such as a crash desk or safety net.

"Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the standards required."

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